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See details of local industry events, support and networks 

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Business services support

LEP support

The D2N2 Growth Hub exists to enable you to 'power up your business' in the UK's most inspirational postcode area. They can guide you through local access to finance and sources of business advice within the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Telephone: Call 0333 006 9178 with your specific business enquiry in D2N2.

Website: D2N2 Growth hub 

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Register for their fortnightly newsletter packed full of business advice 

Help to recruit and train staff

Nottingham Jobs Hub offers:

  • Construction short courses available for Nottingham City residents to upskill.
  • Employment grant for taking on City residents that meet eligibility criteria.
  • Free online advertising for vacancies and opportunities. Free promotion of vacancies at jobs fairs and community events. Support in screening of candidates Interview and testing facilities at locations across Nottingham. 
  • Specialist advice on employing an apprentice.  Help in co-ordinating work experience placements
  • Construction Skills Training is available through Section 106, skills and employment requirements.
  • Wider grant for employed D2N2 residents to access accredited training.

Contact your Employer Engagement and Apprenticeship Officer Fiona Robinson

Email: Fiona.robinson@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Telephone: 0115 876 4508 

Address:
Nottingham City Council
Loxley House
Station Street
Nottingham
NG2 3NG

Training groups

Training groups are local networks of construction employers who 'club together' and use their collective buying power to get discounted training for their workers and meet to share best practice and network. 

There is currently one in this area:

Action for Construction East Midlands (ACE)
Current range of training programmes available to employers include:

  • Fire Marshall
  • Manual Handling
  • IPAF
  • PASMA
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
  • Health and Safety awareness

Current career promotion activities/projects:

  • Training to become a construction ambassador to promote the industry at school and college career events

Group Training Officer Howard Platts:

Email: howard@actionforconstruction.org

Contact your local customer engagement advisors

Derbyshire

Davina Lowe
Tel: 07796 994944
Email: Davina.Lowe@citb.co.uk

Nottinghamshire

Susan Geary
Tel: 07818 008847
Email: Susan.Geary@citb.co.uk

Business services support

LEP support from Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a single place to go to for business experts and mentors, support and guidance, grants and finance. Business Lincolnshire have a host of useful information and resources including a toolbox with downloadable guides, free webinars, useful links and videos designed to help you on your business journey. 

Visit the Business Lincolnshire website for details

Greater Lincolnshire’s Growth Hub hosts six skilled and experienced business advisers. When you book an appointment with a Growth Hub Adviser you will be assigned a named adviser. 

Make initial contact through:  0300 456 3565 or the website link above.

Help to recruit and train staff

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) 

SSW upskills your employees with the training they need to facilitate business growth, enhance productivity and support sustainability.  It can support sector specific training and accredited qualifications such as Level 2 construction NVQs. 

Growth Lincolnshire Grant Funding 

Growth Lincolnshire Grant Funding includes Capital and Revenue Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 that can be used to support projects that will deliver job growth. Grant funding of 40 to 50% of the total project costs can be provided, with the balance to be provided by the business.

Training groups

CITB supported Construction Training Groups are made up primarily of construction industry employers. Members benefit from discounted training, networking and events aligned to local industry themes, and can also participate in projects that promote construction as an attractive career.

Lincolnshire is serviced by three Construction Training Groups:

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

Carole Jones

Carole Jones

Contact Carole to discuss CITB products and services including grants and funding.

Local successes

From Care Worker to Construction Specialist

Three years after Lincolnshire care worker Jess Wells walked into a construction careers event, she’s now the first woman to have achieved a highly specialised construction qualification.

Jess, 29, was a care worker in 2018 when she attended an event aimed at encouraging young people into the industry as part of Lincolnshire Construction Week, organised by Lincoln Group Training Association and supported by CITB, local construction related businesses and trade associations.

After witnessing a talk at the event given by Lincoln-based surface preparation specialists The Preparation Group, Jess approached the company afterwards and was later taken on.

Jess said: “My goal is to be a site manager to mentor and train more females. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female you need to love what you do to deliver results.”

Jess’s NVQ was assessed by the Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA), the not-for-profit trade body representing manufacturers, contractors and companies in industrial and commercial resin flooring, screeding and surface preparation.

FeRFA confirmed that Jess was the first woman to achieve NVQ Level 2 Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) – Substrate Preparation and Profiling, handling the equipment with ease and expertise, demonstrating ability and determination.

Jess said: “I thought working on site might be intimidating, but if you are interested in
learning, people will show you how to do things right, help and support you. Go for it,
it is entirely down to you.”

Jess Wells standing in front of construction machinery holding a certificate

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

Following increased concerns over the COVID-19 virus and for safety precautions, regrettably, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Employer Roadshows. We understand this will be disappointing news but the health and safety of our delegates is of the utmost importance.

Further details about an online alternative will be issued in due course.

Business support services

Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Business Gateway is part of the national Growth Hub network. We provide tailored, commercially focused and joined-up advice that’s free, impartial and delivered with one goal in mind: increasing your bottom line.

You can access expert support, diagnostic services, signposting and free workshops to help your business growth. To speak with an adviser call or email the hub:

Contact: 

Leicester Employment Hub

The Leicester Employment Hub offers:

  • FREE recruitment support: You may be eligible for our £2,500 grant towards employing a qualifying individual on a 12-month apprenticeship or 6-month paid work experience contract.
  • Candidate sourcing support: IMPARTIAL help and support to source local candidates for
    • work experience
    • work trial
    • paid work experience
    • apprenticeships
    • local jobs
    • graduate interns.

For further details, visit Leicester Employment Hub online 
 
Contact details 

SEMLEP Growth Hub

SEMLEP Growth Hub is part of the national Growth Hub network which provides free and impartial information, advice and guidance to businesses to help realise their ambitions.

To contact SEMLEP’s Growth Hub:

Midlands Engine Investment fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund offers SMEs the opportunity to apply for a variety of funds to help support their growth.

For more information visit the MEIF website 

Training groups

There is currently one training group covering the Leicestershire area:

Leicestershire Construction Training Group.
Website - http://www.lctg.org.uk/

Contact your local customer engagement advisor

Nathan Wilkins
Tel: 07775 702632
Email:

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